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Stars in their eyes

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The stage was set, the curtains drawn and our little stars were ready to make their acting debuts.  On Monday we held our Nativity play to an audience of proud parents, grandparents, friends and family.  Our actors and actresses put on a show to remember, confidently reciting lines and singing songs to tell the story

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Candles

The show must go on!

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It wouldn’t be showbiz without last minute rehearsals to ensure our littles actors are ready for their big day on Monday. Two weeks ago we were slightly concerned that this year’s show was going to be more of a pantomime than a play. However, since then rehearsals took a new turn and our final run throughs

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Bread hedgehogs

Bread-gehogs

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Over the past two weeks the children have been talking about woodland animals and have impressed us with their understanding of what nocturnal and hibernation means.  During our cooking session the children baked a Mount Carmel classic – hedgehog bread rolls – by kneading, rolling and snipping dough into little hedgehogs.  The younger children didn’t

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Fish bowl

Animal antics

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They say you shouldn’t work with animals and children – well this week we did both! Pets week was a roaring success with the largest variety of animals visiting the nursery that we have ever had. The week kicked off with a visit from Pinto the standard schnauzer. He was very calm and more than

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Changing landscapes

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Over the last few weeks the children have witnessed a transformation during their country walks. The leaves on the trees have changed colour and litter the grass, and the children have watched squirrels collecting acorns ready for their winter stores. They have enjoyed building dens in the Fairy Woods using branches that have fallen down

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Smells and Smiles

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We have been learning about our bodies and had a special visit from Bob, our very own life sized skeleton! The children loved using the light box to look at X-rays and compare the pictures of different bones with those on the skeleton. One child told me that the longest bone is the femur and

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Aquabeads

Feeling colourful

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It’s been a busy two weeks with the children enjoying lots of new activities at the nursery school.  Over the Summer break we developed part of the bark area in the garden into a woodland workshop.  A local tree surgeon donated several large tree stumps for the children to climb and build upon.  There are

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Smiling

New beginnings

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As first weeks of term go this has certainly been one of the best we can remember.  We have been very impressed with how well the new children have settled into the nursery and how parents have helped us by making quick drop offs.  For our younger children the focus of the first few weeks

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Mary's Meals

Onwards and upwards

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Things got a little bit emotional this week, what with it being the last week of term.  Throughout the week we held graduation ceremonies for all of the preschool children to mark the end of their journey at Mount Carmel Kindergarten.  The children performed a number of their favourite songs which they learnt throughout the

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Zambia

Going places

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This term we have been focusing on places and in particular those places which have a special connection to our children and their families.  On Friday, one of the Mums came in to give the children a talk on her home country of Zambia.  The children found out about the different animals that live in

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Sports day

Summer of Sport

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It was the sporting event of the year! Parents were seen queuing out the driveway for a piece of the action and our little athletes were ready to give it their all. On Friday we held our preschoolers Sports Day which included running, obstacle, egg and spoon, bean bag and of course Mums and Dads

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Mud pies

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Earlier this term we trialled a mud kitchen in the garden, allowing the children to cook up a range of delicacies using pots, pans and other utensils with mud as the main ingredient. Whilst some children loved this activity, we noticed that a many of the didn’t actually want to play with the mud and it

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Wow moments

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Our morning assembly is a great time for the children to come together just before lunch to sing songs and reflect on their learning that day. Throughout the morning, staff are on the lookout for ‘wow moments’ which are those instances where a child has done or said something significant which deserves recognition. This, for

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The great outdoors

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With the Summer term in full swing the outdoors is where all the children have enjoyed being the most.  Our new swing-set was opened last week and has been a big hit with all (at some points we had children queuing for their turn on the basket swing).  They have also loved playing on the

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Fun in the sun

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After the winter that never ended this week’s glorious weather was well needed to kick start the Summer term.  The children were excited to spend lots of time playing in the garden in which they discovered many new things to play with.  Over the Easter break we had been busy building a new wooden wall

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Spring birds

Spring in our step

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The first signs of spring could be felt this week with birds singing and buds emerging on the trees.  Despite a few dull days we were treated with some glorious sunshine and made the most of it with lots of outdoor learning. On our country walks the children found wild daffodils across the field and

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Mother's day

Mum’s the word

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There was love in the air this week in the run up to Mother’s Day.  The children were all enthusiastic to create hand made cards to surprise their Mummies and it is great to see how many of the preschool children could write their names independently.  Many children talked about where they would hide their

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Snow nursery

The Beast From The East

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We were promised blizzards, strong winds, drifting snow and bitter cold as the Beast from the East took hold of the Country. St Albans missed out on the worse of last week’s bad weather and there was minimal disruption to the children’s fun at nursery.  By Thursday afternoon we were feeling rather smug with ourselves that

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Going Ga-Ga

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The children went ga-ga this week as our theme was all things babies. We kicked it off on Monday with an activity where the children gave a bath to our collection of baby dolls. It was lovely to see how gentle and caring the children were towards the baby dolls, and they washed them as

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Pancake day

A flippin’ good week

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The thing about making pancake jokes is that they often fall flat! Fortunately the children didn’t have to listen to lots of crêpe jokes when we celebrated pancake day a week early due to it falling during half term. They came dressed in an assortment of fantastic costumes which set the tone for a fun

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Tiger girl

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

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Our theme on stories old and new continued this week with the children looking stories about animals. From the Highway Rat to the Tiger Who Came To Tea, the children loved sharing their favourite stories with their friends and they tried on different costumes to act the stories out. The animal stories continued with Mrs

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Three little pigs

Little pig

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They say one man’s trash is another mans treasure which was the case this week with some very large boxes I had left over from a recent Ikea delivery.  Very soon the children were busy decorating them to become houses made from straw, sticks and bricks. Once the paint and glue had dried they were brought

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Nursery reading

Once upon a time

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We jumped into the Spring term with a new theme based on stories old and new.  In our assembly this week the children have been performing the story of the ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ by reciting lines and singing songs.  It is clear that they have caught the acting bug following on from the success of

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Snowman nursery

Let it snow

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The weather outside was frightful, but for the children it was clearly delightful, on Monday there was no other place to go but Mount Carmel to enjoy the snow! Despite news of multiple school closures in the area we were busy on Sunday afternoon clearing snow in the car park ready for the children to

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The Greatest Show on Earth

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The Mount Carmel Nativity has marked the start of the Christmas period for the past 32 years and each year the children sing louder and act more confidently than the last.  This year was no different and on Monday our preschool children performed their Nativity to an audience of proud parents, grandparents, friends and family. 

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Feeling festive

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The icy frost in the mornings set the scene this week as the nursery was transformed into a winter wonderland by our Christmas elves.  The children were memorised by the decorations and it has been lovely to see their reactions when arriving to nursery.  Christmas is such a special time at the nursery and we

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Night sky

Oh Starry Night

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With the days growing shorter and the sun setting earlier it has been a perfect opportunity for us to talk about the night time. In the art room the preschool children drew pictures of things they see at night including fireworks, spaceships and owls. The younger children made night-time paintings by printing moons and stars onto

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Leaves

Autumn Leaves

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Autumn has well and truly arrived and as the temperature dropped so to did the leaves on our giant beech tree in the garden.   The children mucked in to sweep up the leaves, collect them in wheelbarrows and piling them into houses for hedgehogs.  Not surprisingly their hard work was quickly undone when they

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Chicken children

Barking mad

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What a barking mad week we had when the children were visited by lots of different animals.  At the beginning of the week the children met Romeo the Cockapoo, Dot the dog and Bramble the retired racing greyhound.  Mrs Beechey brought in her cat Jasper who was treated to cooked chicken for being well behaved

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juice

Double whammy

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This week’s blog is a double whammy covering all the exciting things the children have done over the past two weeks.  Last week our theme was senses and each day we focused on a different sense. Taste buds were tingled on Tuesday during the children’s cooking session when they got to use a juicing machine

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